College of Medicine

June 10, 2020

UAMS Medical Center Named Center of Excellence for Obstetric Anesthesia

Amy Widner

Group shot of obstetric anestesiology

The Division of Obstetric Anesthesia in the College of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has been designated a Center of Excellence by the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP). This prestigious status is awarded to institutions that demonstrate the highest standards of obstetric anesthesia care. UAMS…

June 3, 2020

Findings on DNA Damage Repair Published by UAMS Cancer Researcher

Susan Van Dusen

Leung research team

A research team led by cancer researcher Justin Leung, Ph.D., at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has uncovered the role of the protein RNF168 in DNA damage repair and shown how mutations of the protein affect people with a rare genetic condition.

May 28, 2020

UAMS Bone Researcher Provides Expert Commentary in Publication’s Controversial Reversal of Long-Held Theory

Amy Widner

Dr. Manolagas at podium

The latest issue of PLOS Genetics includes two publications that challenge the basic assumptions behind 24 years of bone and metabolism research, and given the magnitude of the potential paradigm shift, the editors turned to Stavros C. Manolagas, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) to provide expert commentary and context….

May 21, 2020

Graduating College of Medicine Class Breaks Tradition, Makes History

Amy Widner

Student being hooded with family

When the UAMS College of Medicine held the first virtual Honors Convocation in its 141-year history for the Class of 2020, the faculty balanced this departure from tradition with an extra dose of symbolism. It became clear in the days leading up to the ceremony that the students might not all receive their academic robes…

May 20, 2020

UAMS Medical Student Amy James Receives Prestigious Award from U.S. Public Health Service

Ashley McNatt

Amy James, M.D., M.P.H.

Amy James, a senior at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), has been selected to receive a 2020 Excellence in Public Health Award from the U.S. Public Health Service Physician Professional Advisory Committee. The national award is given to medical students who are public health champions advancing the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS)…

May 18, 2020

UAMS Graduates 914 Health Care Professionals

Spencer Watson

Members of the genetic counseling class of 2020 gather for a virtual celebration led by department chair Noelle Danylchuk, M.S.

Degrees and certificates were conferred to 914 graduates of the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences’ (UAMS) five colleges and graduate school on May 16. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, no commencement ceremony was held. A digital commencement program can be found here. Degrees were awarded to 165 in the College of Medicine, 255 in the…

May 14, 2020

AR-Connect Provides for Urgent Behavioral Health Needs

Tim Taylor

Logo for AR Connect

For people living with behavioral health issues, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought new challenges to maintaining well-adjusted lives. Imagine this scenario. A man living out of state returns to his Arkansas home to run errands for his aging parents, thus helping protect them from exposure to the virus. Before moving home, his bipolar disorder was…

May 13, 2020

UAMS Creates Guidelines for Safe Return to Play for Team Sports

Amy Widner

Young kids playing football

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has developed guidelines to help high school and collegiate sports teams plan to safely resume activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The UAMS COVID19 Sports Committee that drafted the recommendations and considerations included experts from sports medicine, orthopaedic surgery, family medicine, pathology and infectious disease. “Our experts developed…

May 8, 2020

UAMS Mobile Unit Screens in Warren, Mountain Home, Forrest City, SW Little Rock

Ashley McNatt

SW LR Mobile Clinic

It’s been another busy week for the UAMS Mobile Triage Unit, which provided nearly 400 COVID-19 drive-thru evaluations last week in four different cities: Warren, Mountain Home, Forrest City and southwest Little Rock. “These mobile testing sites are vital for rural communities and people who may not have access to transportation,” said Jennifer Hunt, M.D.,…

May 7, 2020

UAMS Receives FDA Authorization for Convalescent Plasma Use, Plus Partnerships for Statewide Access

Amy Widner

Gloved hands holding plasma viles

The Food and Drug Administration has authorized the use of convalescent plasma in Arkansas as an experimental treatment for COVID-19 with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) as the expanded access treatment program sponsor. With the authorization, UAMS Medical Center is able to use the treatment now without applying for FDA approval for…

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